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'Little Prince'-inspired animation soars into Cannes

Director Mark Osborne arrives for the screening of the film "The Little Prince" at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2015A new animated film based on the best-selling French book "The Little Prince" was to premiere in Cannes on Friday, adding a touch of childhood magic to the red carpet of the movie festival. The $63-million (57-million-euro) cartoon is the most expensive France has made, and its choice of a US director, Mark Osborne, who made "Kung Fu Panda", aims it squarely at the family market dominated by Pixar and DreamWorks. Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, James Franco and Benicio Del Toro head the English-language voice cast.

Depardieu back in the USSR at Cannes

French actor Gerard Depardieu poses during a photocall for the film "Valley of Love" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France on May 22, 2015French movie star Gerard Depardieu sought to play down controversy over his views on Ukraine and Russia at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, but couldn't resist the chance to praise his friend Vladimir Putin. After presenting his new movie "Valley of Love" with fellow French icon Isabelle Huppert, Depardieu faced questions about his much-criticised decision to take Russian citizenship in 2013. "I know Vladimir Putin, I like him very much.

'Dad bods' conquer Cannes

Colin Farrell poses during a photocall for the film "The Lobster" at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015The movie industry's obsession with slim figures and six-packs is notorious but if the Cannes Film Festival is anything to go by, a generous gut may now be key to winning critics' hearts. Stars ranging from Colin Farrell, Joaquin Phoenix and France's larger-than-life icon Gerard Depardieu sported "dad bods", as a bit of male flab has come to be known, in well-received movies premiering at cinema's top showcase. While the chiselled torsos of stars such as Matthew McConaughey and French heartthrob Jeremie Elkaim couldn't save their Cannes movies from a critical mauling, a bit of paunch went over big at the festival, at least on screen.

Canine from 'Arabian Nights' fetches Palm Dog award at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival logo on May 12, 2015 in Cannes, southeastern FranceThe coveted Palm Dog award for best canine was fetched at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday by Lucky, who appears in an epic Portuguese film, "Arabian Nights". The second-place jury prize went to the father-son Border Collies that appeared in eccentric fable "The Lobster" alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, which the jury said was the first time a dog had played a human trapped in a dog's body. "I think it was the jumpers (sweaters) -- it has 10 different dog jumpers in this film from checked to red," said Kate Muir, film critic for The Times, on presenting the award, adding that Lucky also proved her ability to fetch newspapers.

Tim Roth tells Cannes it's 'crazy' to ban assisted suicide

British actor Tim Roth attends a press conference for the film "Chronic" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France on May 22, 2015Actor Tim Roth said he fully supported assisted suicide, saying it was "crazy" that governments still opposed it, after playing an end-of-life nurse in his latest Cannes Film Festival entry on Friday. "I'm all for it -- that's crazy to make people go through that," said Roth at a press conference after a screening of "Chronic" on the French Riviera. Mexican director Michel Franco said he was surprised to find that many nurses helped people die regardless of the law.

CANNES WATCH: Toni Garrn sparkles in silver on red carpet

Model Toni Garrn poses for photographers upon arrival for the screening of the film The Little Prince at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 22, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)CANNES, France (AP) — German model Toni Garrn brought a touch of little mermaid to the Cannes red carpet for "The Little Prince" in a sparkly, swanky silver gown that trailed elegantly to the floor, with bare shoulders and a crossover cutaway midriff.

Harvey Keitel's hunger still strong in Sorrentino's 'Youth'

Actor Harvey Keitel poses for a photograph to promote the film Youth, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)CANNES, France (AP) — The aging stars of "Youth" are slowly rousing the morning after a late night in Cannes celebrating the premiere of Paolo Sorrentino's latest film.

Judge allowing new lawsuit in Sofia Vergara embryo fight

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2013, file photo, Nick Loeb, left, and Sofia Vergara pose in the audience at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge ruled Friday, May 22, 2015, that Loeb can file an amended lawsuit seeking custody of embryos he created with Vergara before their relationship ended last year. Loeb wants the embryos to be implanted in a surrogate but Vergara's attorney says Loeb doesn't have a viable legal claim. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A judge is allowing Sofia Vergara's ex-boyfriend to file an amended lawsuit seeking custody of frozen embryos created during their relationship.

Street artist Shepard Fairey finishes large Detroit mural

Visitors from the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences look at art work from Shepard Fairey at the Library Street Collective gallery on Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Detroit. Fairey has finished work on a large mural in downtown Detroit. The roughly 185-foot-tall by 60-foot-wide mural was painted on One Campus Martius. It's financed by businessman Dan Gilbert's Bedrock Real Estate Services, which owns the building. (Brandy Baker/Detroit News via AP) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — Street artist Shepard Fairey has finished work on a large mural in downtown Detroit.


Trail & Cycle Safety Day

May 31, 1-3pm at Red Dirt Running Company, 7701 Pioneers Blvd.  Registration for ages 5-12.  Education and fun for the family.  For more information, visit www.trailandcyclesafety.org